How to Take Off a Space Bar on an HP Keyboard

Hewlett-Packard (HP) keyboards, like other standard 101-key keyboards, include not only the regular QWERTY keyboard layout, but also a set of function keys programmed specifically for HP computers. When experiencing a problem with a key on your HP keyboard, you can remove the key, clean under the key or replace it to solve the problem. Removing the space bar is a bit of challenge due to a metal retainer holding the key in place. The metal retainer is hooked into the body of the space bar and into the keyboard itself.

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Place the HP keyboard or HP laptop computer on a flat surface.

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Place the end of a small flat head screwdriver underneath one side of the space bar.

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Place your finger on top of the space bar. Pry the side of the space bar gently up until it is free of the post on the keyboard.

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Place the end of the flat head screwdriver underneath the other side of the space bar.

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Pry the other side of the space bar gently up until it is free of the post on the keyboard.

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Place the tip of the flat head screwdriver next to the piece of plastic where the end of the metal retainer is connected to the keyboard.

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Push the metal retainer gently away from the plastic connector to free it.

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Lay the space bar, its metal retainer and rubber suction cups on a soft rag or cloth.

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Remove the metal retainer from the space bar with the flat head screwdriver. The metal retainer is seated in two grooves.